The pandemic still rages on, but where theaters were open, and where people felt comfortable enough going to movies this extended weekend, Open Road's newest debut, "The Marksman," dethroned "Wonder Woman 1984" as the #1 domestic film. The sniper thriller starring Liam Neeson took in $3.7 million – a fair take considering the film played in less than 2,000 theaters, and a majority of the larger markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago still remain closed. This also marks Neeson's second #1 since cinemas reopened, having last claimed the top spot in October with another Open Road thriller, "Honest Thief."
Warner Bros. "Wonder Woman 1984" fell to #2 after enjoying three weeks at the top. The superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot took in $2.6M with a lifetime gross so far of $35.8M. The film, which had also debuted on HBO Max simultaneously, is expected to leave the platform in the next week to make way for WB's next theatrical release, "The Little Things," a crime drama starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. Like "Wonder Woman 1984," "The Little Things" will debut in theaters and on HBO Max on January 29th.
Holdovers from Universal and Screen Gems round out the top five. Universal's animated family adventure "The Croods: A New Age" took in $2.04M and the studio's gritty western "News of the World," starring Tom Hanks, nabbed $1.05M on the same weekend it hit premium home video. Screen Gems' monster action flick "Monster Hunter" took in $920K.
The extended Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is usually a lucrative one in normal times, with studios in recent years launching big premieres. Last year's MLK weekend saw the debut of Sony's "Bad Boys for Life" – which no one would have guessed would become the most profitable movie of the year. But, for better or worse, it seems that this is the best the box office can do in these trying times. The full Box Office Top Ten is below.
Box Office Top Ten: Jan. 15-17
- "The Marksman" (Open Road) - $3,225,000 [New Release]
- "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros) - $2,600,000; lifetime: $35,800,000
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $2,040,000; lifetime: $39,289,465
- "News of the World" (Universal) - $1,050,000; lifetime: $8,504,340
- "Monster Hunter" (Screen Gems) - $920,000; lifetime: $9,030,107
- "Fatale" (Lionsgate) - $530,000; lifetime: $4,742,845
- "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features) - $430,000; lifetime: $3,346,295
- "The Emperor's New Groove (2000)" (Walt Disney) - $169,000 [Re-Issue]
- "The War with Grandpa" (101 Studios) - $155,563; lifetime: $19,237,013
- "Pinocchio" (Roadside Attractions) - $140,975; lifetime: $1,322,338